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Roz Savage tests her boat, the Brocade, in San Francisco Bay near Sausalito, Calif., in preparation for her first attempt to row across the Pacific Ocean.
Pacific rower nears Waikiki
Roz Savage, who is trying to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific, is expected to arrive in Waikiki today, 99 days after leaving California.
At about 5 p.m. yesterday, Savage was in the Kaiwi Channel between Oahu and Molokai, some 25 miles from Honolulu.
Savage has rowed about 2,300 miles since leaving San Francisco on May 25 in the Brocade, her 23-foot-long vessel named after her sponsor.
It is her second attempt to row across the Pacific after her first attempt ended with her repeatedly capsizing in 2007.
Savage, who rows about 12 hours a day, hopes her sojourn will raise attention about marine conservation.
After reaching Hawaii, she will continue her voyage to Tuvalu in 2009.
UH business school gets accolade
U.S. News & World Report again ranked the undergraduate program at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa as among the top in the nation for international business, the university said in a news release.
The school was ranked 19th, the same as last year's ranking. Of the public universities, Shidler College of Business is ranked 13th on the list.
Currently, there are more than 900 undergraduate business students enrolled at the Shidler College of Business. The college's undergraduate program in international business has been consistently ranked in the top 25 of the U.S. News & World Report of Best Colleges for the past decade.
The ranking is based on an annual survey of business deans and senior faculty from the International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accredited programs.
In graduate school rankings, the College of Education was ranked 65th overall, and the William S. Richardson School of Law was ranked 82nd.
State to test emergency sirens
State Civil Defense will test its emergency sirens for 45 seconds at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow.
The test, which also includes a broadcast of emergency information on local TV and radio stations, is normally done on the first working week of each month.
McDonald's installs defibrillator
An automated external defibrillator was installed Thursday at the McDonald's in Hawaii Kai to honor sudden cardiac arrest survivor Edwin Kondo.
This is the third Hawaii McDonald's that owner Glenn Waki has stocked with an AED.
A free cardiopulmonary resuscitation class was also offered.
To register for the American Heart Association Family and Friends CPR class, call 395-9844.
Police, Fire, Courts
Crew halts search for swimmer
Firefighters called off an ocean search yesterday for a 27-year-old man after rescuers found some of his clothing, which appeared to have been chewed by a shark.
Police identified the man as Kameron Brown of Pahoa.
Firefighters said that after finding Brown's clothing and speaking with his family, they decided to call off the search at about 2 p.m. for the safety of the divers, said Battalion Chief Darren Rosario.
A large great white shark was seen in the area earlier in the day, Rosario said.
Brown was swimming at MacKenzie Beach Park in Pahoa and reported in trouble at 7:20 p.m., authorities said.
He tried to climb onto some rocks in rough surf, and fishermen on shore tried to throw him ropes and a plastic gallon jug, a Big Island fire news release said, but he never made it to shore.
Bystanders last saw Brown drifting south out of range of flashlights that search parties were using on shore.
About 10 firefighters searched by boat and on shore Saturday night. A fire helicopter joined the search yesterday morning, and five divers took three dives but did not find any human remains.
Swimmer, 62, drowns off Big Isle
A 62-year-old man drowned yesterday while swimming at Pololu Valley Beach in North Kohala on the Big Island, a fire news release said.
Two fire helicopters and a fire engine responded to a call regarding a drowning at 2:16 p.m. and found the man in cardiac arrest on the beach.
Firefighters performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man and took him to Kohala Hospital by helicopter. Firefighters said an ocean undertow contributed to the man's death.
Deaths could be murder-suicide
Maui police are investigating a murder-suicide on Lanai after a man apparently shot his wife and then killed himself yesterday.
Police said Jerry Batoon, 41, and his estranged wife, Kim Batoon, 29, were found dead near the entrance of their residence with apparent gunshot wounds.
Police from the Wailuku Criminal Investigation Division have been sent to investigate.
According to a Maui police news release, Lanai police responded at about 12:34 p.m. to a possible shooting at 441 Ikahi St. in Lanai City.
A witness reported hearing Kim Batoon yelling for someone to call police before hearing several gunshots.
Police believe Jerry Batoon shot his wife, who was in the process of moving out of their residence, then shot himself.
A .22-caliber rifle was found at the scene.
Hana man, 64, dies while surfing
A 64-year-old Hana man apparently drowned yesterday while surfing off Koki Beach in Hana, according to a statement by Maui County.
The man was identified as Lawrence Kalani Prais.
After he was brought to shore, bystanders called 911 and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Prais died shortly before noon.
Dead man in canal was South Korean
The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified a 25-year-old man who fell to his death in the Ala Wai Canal Saturday as Yoon Lee of South Korea.
Police said Lee was walking alone to his McCully home at about 2:45 a.m. when he apparently fell into the canal. Three witnesses heard a splash and later found Lee in the water.
Rescuers took Lee with serious facial contusions to Straub Clinic & Hospital, where he died. Police said no one was seen near Lee during the accident, which appears accidental.
An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
Woman arrested in burglary case
Police arrested a Kailua woman yesterday who allegedly burglarized a Kalihi business last month.
A 32-year-old man who works at the business recognized the woman in Waikiki as the suspect in the Aug. 23 burglary and called police.
Police arrested the woman in front of Fun Factory on Kuhio Avenue at about 3:15 a.m. on suspicion of second-degree burglary.
Switchblade threat leads to arrest
A 37-year-old Waipio Uka man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly threatened a 63-year-old man with a switchblade in Kailua.
At about 10:45 a.m. the suspect was arguing with the victim about tools at their workplace. The suspect pulled out a switchblade knife and threatened his co-worker, police said.
Police arrested the man on Kailua Road on suspicion of first-degree terroristic threatening and having a prohibited weapon.
Man, 40, allegedly rapes 3-year-old
Police arrested a 40-year-old man accused of raping a 3-year-old girl in Honolulu on Saturday.
Police said the girl's mother reported that her daughter said the man sexually touched her and may have sexually assaulted her during the afternoon.
The man was booked over the weekend on suspicion of first-degree sexual assault.
3 teens suspected in phone robberies
Three teenage boys were arrested Saturday for allegedly robbing a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy of their cell phones in Waipahu.
At about 11:45 p.m. the two suspects were approached by three boys, ages 17, 14, and 16, who asked to use their cell phones.
After the suspects allegedly took the phones and demanded an iPod, they punched and kicked the victims, who tried to fight back.
Police arrived during the fight and arrested two of the boys. The 16-year-old boy fled but was caught hours later while sleeping in a car in the driveway of his girlfriend's house.
All three were arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery and released pending investigation.